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D.C.-area forecast: Clouding up today with downpours likely late tonight into Friday

Beautiful sunset on Tuesday. ( <a href="">BytheBayPhotos via Flickr</a> )

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

6/10: Rains delay for an okay day. Then finally arriving tonight/tomorrow or be prepared for gardener’s sorrow.


Today: Increasing clouds, breezy. Highs: 65-69
Tonight: Increasing showers, possible t’storm late. Lows: 53-59
Tomorrow: T’storms likely early, showers linger. Highs: 73-77

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Rains arrive tonight and last through Friday morning, making for a soggy commute. Most models give nearly all of the area an inch or better and we could certainly use every bit of it. Temperatures turn downright cool over the weekend into early next week.

Today (Thursday): Sunshine should start the day as thin high clouds overspread the area but the lower clouds increase by later in the morning. During the afternoon, it becomes mostly cloudy. There is only the slightest risk of a very light shower at the end of the day. Winds are brisk from the east gusting to 25 mph. Highs reach the mid-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: There is a risk of a very light shower in the evening but most rain of note holds off until after midnight with an isolated thunderstorm possible especially late night. Winds shift to the southeast and remain brisk. Lows hold in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Friday): Rain and thunderstorms are likely from dawn to mid-morning with locally heavy downpours possible. Strong breezes from the south gust to near 30 mph, especially in any storms. Showers taper off by midday and there is a good chance for partial clearing later in the afternoon which should allow highs to push up to the mid-to-upper 70s. However, one final band of showers and thunderstorms could roll through at least part of the region before nightfall. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Cooler, drier air pushes in on strong southwest winds meaning just scattered clouds. Lows fall to the upper 40s north and west of town but hold in the low-to-mid 50s in the metro area. Confidence: Medium


Saturday remains breezy and early birds should witness the sunrise. Clouds quickly bubble up during the morning and afternoon and a few are likely to produce scattered showers. One or two might even develop enough for some thunder. Highs hold in the low-to-mid 60s. Showers should quickly disappear after sunset with gradual clearing. Lows range through the 40s. Confidence: Medium

A mix of sun and clouds is likely much of Sunday and an isolated shower or two can’t be ruled out mainly in the afternoon. Highs only reach the upper 50s to lower 60s. Skies clear out overnight and that cold air really makes itself felt with lows in the mid-30s in coldest spots and even lower 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday still runs considerably cooler than normal but the sun is more reliable and clouds more scattered through the day with highs again in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High